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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Strasbourg

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Strasbourg each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

March or April: Good Friday (local)

Due to the Alsace and Moselle regions being under the German rule between 1870 and 1918, locals have retained a few traditions from the neighbouring country, including the celebration of Good Friday.

March or April: Easter Monday (national holiday)

May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday)

On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!

May 8: Victory Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Various ceremonies are held around town.

June 21: Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)

Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets and at various venues around Strasbourg.

July 14 : Bastille Day (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution. It plays as a symbol of the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. Each year, Strasbourg commemorates this event by organising a huge dance party on Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, followed by an exceptional fireworks display set off from the Parc de l'Étoile.

August 15 : Assumption Day (national holiday)

This celebration, still very popular in Strasbourg, is marked by several religious ceremonies.

Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)

The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up, free of charge, numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public, such as castles and private collections. Each year, around 50 places of cultural interest in Strasbourg take part in this event: public and private buildings, museums, etc. A perfect occasion for a stroll and the discovery of architectural gems.

November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)

On this day, French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War.

November–December : Christmas Market (local event)

In Strasbourg, the Christkindelsmärik or “Christ child market” is a true institution! For nearly five hundred years, this Christmas market has been held on Place Broglie. It is the oldest market of its kind in France and without doubt one of the best in Europe.

December 6 : Saint Nicholas Day (local event)

Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated throughout eastern France. It is an opportunity for children to meet both Saint Nicholas and his companion Le Père Fouettard, whose name translates as “Father Whipper”, the French equivalent of the Krampus in Germany and Austria or Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands. While the first distributes maënnele (little brioche rolls in the shape of Saint Nicholas) and other sweets (chocolates, gingerbread), the second playfully chastises all those who have not been good during the year!

December 25 : Christmas (national holiday)

December 26: Saint Stephen's Day (local)

Passed down from the time when Alsace and Moselle were German regions, December 26th is a public holiday. On the day after Christmas, Strasbourg locals gather with family and friends to keep festive proceedings going. While the last bredele are being enjoyed, several Christmas dances are held around the city.

December 31: New Year's Eve (national event)

On the night of December 31st, the atmosphere is particularly festive on the streets of Strasbourg, with families and friends celebrating the new year.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Strasbourg

Strasbourg has a continental climate and experiences the greatest temperature range in France, with a marked contrast between the seasons. Winters (December to March) are very cold and summers (June to September) are very warm. Snow falls often for a good part of the winter. Thunderstorms are frequent during the summer months.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -1/30 4/39 32/1.3 Not the best period to go
February -1/30 6/43 34/1.3 Not the best period to go
March 2/36 11/52 43/1.7 Not the best period to go
April 5/41 16/61 46/1.8 Not the best period to go
May 10/50 20/68 82/3.2 Good period to go Good period to go
June 13/55 23/73 72/2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
July 15/59 26/79 73/2.9 Good period to go Good period to go
August 14/57 25/77 61/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
September 11/52 21/70 63/2.5 Good period to go Good period to go
October 7/45 15/59 61/2.4 Not the best period to go
November 3/37 9/48 47/1.9 Not the best period to go
December 0/32 5/41 50/2.0 Not the best period to go
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Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport

The Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport is located 12 kilometres (7 miles) south-west of Strasbourg.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Strasbourg and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A35 motorway and the D400 road, about 15 minutes to/from the city centre.
    • Several parking facilities are available:
      • P1 (pick-up and drop-off area), free for the first 15 minutes.
      • P2 (short-term, outdoor parking), EUR 4.40 for 30 minutes.
      • P3 (short and long-term, covered parking), EUR 4.60 for 30 minutes.
      • P4 (reserved for tour operators), free for charter flight passengers, otherwise EUR 50.00 for 7 days.
      • P5 (long-term parking), EUR 39.00 for 7 days.
    • Several car rental companies have counters at the airport.
  • By rail
    • A shuttle train service connects the airport with the Strasbourg Ville train station in the city centre, with 4 running every hour at peak times. The trip takes just 8 minutes and the fare is EUR 2.70 per person.
    • Customers with a Paris connexion and an Air France flight number (either from Roissy or Orly) must visit the TGV AIR desk at the Strasbourg station 24 hours to 20 minutes before departure: train tickets will be issued to them upon presentation of a valid airplane ticket.
    • The Strasbourg station is located at 20 place de la Gare, 67000 Strasbourg. It is open every day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.:
      • Access via public transportation: tramway (lines A, B, C, D, F), intercity buses (lines 205, 209, 230, 240 and 257), shuttles, city buses (lines 10, 2 and G), night buses (lines N1, N2 and N3).
      • Access via private transportation: drop off area, self-service car sharing, rental car companies, taxis, parking lots, bike rentals.
    • For all necessary information about the TGV AIR desk, please visit https://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/fraeg/strasbourg/services/tgv-air
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks just outside the airport. The fare to central Strasbourg starts at about EUR 35.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, pharmacy, money changer and free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +33 (0)3 88 64 67 67
  • Website: https://www.strasbourg.aeroport.fr/en

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GETTING AROUND Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a city with a relatively small central area. It is therefore quite easy to get around on foot or by bicycle. In addition, the city offers a good range of public transport options, all of them convenient and efficient.

By bus and tram

Public transport is highly developed in Strasbourg and its surroundings. More than 30 bus lines and 6 tram lines operate along the city's main thoroughfares. These systems serve not only Strasbourg itself but also several adjoining municipalities, including Schiltigheim, Ostwald and Bischheim.

Fares:

  • EUR 1.80 for a single ticket (EUR 2 on board)
  • EUR 14.10 for a book of 10 tickets
  • EUR 4.60 for a ticket offering unlimited rides for one person over a 24-hour period
  • EUR 6.90 for a Trio ticket, valid for unlimited rides by two or three people over a 24-hour period

All of these tickets are valid for travel throughout Strasbourg Eurométropole and Kehl.
Further information available at https://www.cts-strasbourg.eu/en/

On foot

Exploring on foot is the best way to visit Strasbourg's historic centre. Strolling through Petite France, criss-crossed by narrow lanes, canals and locks, to admire the half-timbered houses, or in the area surrounding Notre Dame Cathedral is an enchanting experience!

By bicycle

With nearly 600 kilometres (373 miles) of cycling paths, bike-friendly Strasbourg offers one of the most extensive and comprehensive networks of its kind in France. Many bicycling parking stations are available throughout the city. Thanks to the public bike rental service Vélhop (https://velhop.strasbourg.eu/?lang=en), it is very simple to hire a bicycle for all daily trips in Strasbourg Eurométropole.
Rates:

  • EUR 1 for an hour
  • EUR 10 for 24 hours
  • EUR 30 for 3 days

Useful tip: For less athletic visitors, Vélhop also offers electric-assisted bicycles known as VAE (Vélhop à Assistance Electrique). Rental fees are EUR 12 per day or EUR 42 per week.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Strasbourg, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Strasbourg Tourist Office

Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address: 17, place de la Cathédrale, 67082 Strasbourg Cedex
  • Telephone: +33 (0)3 88 52 28 28
  • Website: www.otstrasbourg.fr/en/

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the French government official website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Strasbourg counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Strasbourg a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bonjour (morning)</em>

Good evening: Bonsoir Good evening: <em>Bonsoir</em>

Goodbye: Au revoir Goodbye: <em>Au revoir</em>

Yes: Oui Yes: <em>Oui</em>

No: Non No: <em>Non</em>

No, thank you: Non, merci No, thank you: <em>Non, merci</em>

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup Thank you very much: <em>Merci beaucoup</em>

Please: S'il vous plaît Please: <em>S'il vous plaît</em>

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas I don't understand: <em>Je ne comprends pas</em>

Could you repeat?: Pouvez-vous répéter ? Could you repeat?: <em>Pouvez-vous répéter ?</em>

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it?: <em>Quelle heure est-il ?</em>

Sorry: Pardon
Excuse me: Excusez-moi Sorry: <em>Pardon</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Excusez-moi</em>

Airport: Aéroport Airport: <em>Aéroport</em>

Train station: Gare Train station: <em>Gare</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hôtel Hotel: <em>Hôtel</em>

Hospital: Hôpital Hospital: <em>Hôpital</em>

Bank: Banque Bank: <em>Banque</em>

Telephone: Téléphone Telephone: <em>Téléphone</em>

I'm (…): Je suis (…) I'm (…): <em>Je suis (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Je recherche (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ? How much is (…)?: <em>Quel est le prix de (…) ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Avez-vous (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Où puis-je trouver (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Où puis-je acheter (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…) I'd like (…): <em>Je voudrais (…)</em>

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Good to know

+33
+ phone number (without 0)
0 : 00
of time difference with
Paris
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Strasbourg like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.

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